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Passed and Present with Allison Gilbert and Corey Kennard

Join this urgent conversation on grief and remembrance with pastor, healthcare activist, and spiritual life coach Corey Kennard and critically-acclaimed author Allison Gilbert.

Bring your most pressing questions to our next event in the Passed and Present conversation series. Gilbert will host a new discussion the last Thursday of every month.

Corey Kennard is Pastor of Amplify Christian Church, healthcare activist, and spiritual life coach. Corey has been involved in the healthcare field for over 20 years with over a decade of experience in the areas of palliative care and hospice. His holistic approach serves as the foundation for his desire to see all human beings treated with dignity, honor, and respect in all facets of life. He currently seeks to enhance the patient and family experience in healthcare settings.

Corey was instrumental in creating a teaching module for understanding spirituality at the end of life for African-Americans for Duke University's Institute on Care at the End Of Life (ICEOL) national training program. Corey served as a National Advisory Board Member for The Hospice Foundation of America, and was a co-director of a Community Faith "Advance Care Planning'' Project for the University of Virginia. He was the recipient of the Michigan Chronicle's Men of Excellence Award as being one of the Top 50 Most Influential African-American Men in the Metropolitan Detroit Region.

Corey is the author of Goliath Must Fall and Hamburgers and a Holy Man. He shares his life’s work with his wife Kristen, and they are the blessed parents of three wonderful children – Kayla Ariana, Kourtney Lael, and Corey Lynn II.

You can connect with Corey on Twitter, and Instagram.

Allison Gilbert is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of numerous books, including the much-anticipated, forthcoming biography of Hearst newspaper columnist Elsie Robinson, to be published by Seal Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, in 2022.

On 9/11, Allison was a television news producer in New York and was nearly killed by falling debris when the second tower collapsed. She is the official narrator of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s historical exhibition audio tour, the only female journalist to be so honored. To mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks, she is executive producer of two film projects in collaboration with the 9/11 Museum and Wondrium: a documentary called, "Reporting 9/11 and Why It Still Matters,” and a 20-part series entitled, "Women Journalists of 9/11: Their Stories.” Both projects explore what it was like to be a working journalist covering the terrorist attacks 20 years ago and how the aftermath changed journalists and media forever. Featured journalists include Tom Brokaw, Savannah Guthrie, Maggie Haberman, Linda Wertheimer, Scott Pelley, and many others.

Allison writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications. On her popular grief and resilience blog, she features Q & A’s with some of the most notable names in our culture today including, Arianna Huffington, Jon Stewart, and bestselling authors Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Dani Shapiro, and Susan Orlean. She is co-editor of Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn more by visiting

The Passed and Present series, named after Gilbert’s inspiring book, is sponsored by Domani for Grief, a platform created with a single goal in mind: to provide in one place the best and most trusted resources, support, and information available to begin the healing process. “Domani” means tomorrow in Italian. Domani for Grief believes there’s always hope in a brighter tomorrow.

Registrants will be added to the Domani for Grief & Reimagine e-newsletter lists.


Talk, Panel, & Conversation
Spirituality End-of-Life Planning Faith Grief Isolation & Connection